Have you ever been installing an optional component of windows, such as IIS, and been prompted with the box below:
Some might say, “Well you are obviously and idiot, put the CD in the drive.” It just so happens that you can get this message when you do have the CD in the drive. What’s happened here is that you’ve changed the path to the location where windows was installed from. So in my case when i originally installed windows the CD drive was G:, now it is F:. Windows stores this information in the registry under a String Value called SourcePath. To Change the value open up regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup and change SourcePath to the new location of our XP install files. In may case I set it to F: Now as long as I have the CD in the drive I won’t be prompted to select a location.
If you want to do away with the need to keep putting your CD in the drive, just copy your I386 directory to the hard drive and point SourcePath to the location you’ve copied the files to. Simple.Read more